From 1944 to 1948, Mark Mills apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright. When he heard Wright say that seashells are nature’s perfect architecture, Mark made that idea an element of his life’s work. As seashells shape themselves to meet the needs of their inhabitants, so Mark designed structural roof systems that sheltered his homes and framed the lives of the owners. An architectural engineer before he trained with Wright, Mark Mills blended structural principles with forms from nature to create his own visionary designs.
The Fantastic Seashell of the Mind is thoughtfully illustrated with archival photographs and fresh images. The book includes Mark’s own comments about his designs, together with insights from his wife and several of the original clients of the houses in the book.